owner & Coach Coty
I was born and raised on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC, in a small town called Indian Land, SC. Growing up, I was overweight, didn’t play sports and led a very sedentary lifestyle. At the age of 16, I knew I was overweight and had a lifestyle problem. Over the course of about 12 months, I changed my diet, started exercising and lost 60 pounds and have since kept it off. During the decade, I’ve completely immersed myself in health and wellness as well as nutrition and exercise, which I still practice to this day.
I've been practicing and living the Crossfit methodology since 2013, and have been coaching full time since 2014. I've competed at the Atlantic regional (2018) + (2017) and Wodapalooza (2019), (2018),(2017). I love what Crossfit has done for myself and my family. I firmly believe that Crossfit is the single most effective way to help anyone live a longer, more capable and empowering lifestyle and reach whatever goals they set for themselves. Whether those goals can be achieved through exercise, nutrition, community, or all of the above, I know we can help.
If I’m not coaching or training Crossfit, I’m probably hanging out with my girlfriend Noelle and our two dogs Gambit and Zeus, or relaxing at the Whitewater Center grabbing a beer and watching live music. I love spending time with my family and friends, and getting outdoors as much as I can.
Owner & Coach Noelle
Hi! I'm Noelle. I ask the hard questions and compassionately listen.
There is nothing I love more in this world than waking up and going to work at CrossFit Mountain Island. It is a place where I can truly be myself while helping others find their way back to their "True Self." Honestly, the journey is hard. It takes humble, self-realization to admit that you need to change for the better. Once you realize that, our team is fully equipped to help you get where you want to be. You won't just get there by being physically active. You can go to any gym for that. The values of our gym are built on three pillars: Physically Strong, Mentally Tough, Spiritually Sound.
When you make the decision to live the "healthy lifestyle," it has to become your identity. No quick fixes, no fad diets, no falling on and off the wagon. You're going to need accountability, friends, coaches, and consistency. Excuses go against your identity and threaten your "True Self." Your existence matters and your quality of life matters. No matter what you're going through, you are worth it. My team and I are here to make sure you are reminded of that every day as we transform your body, mind, and soul.
It doesn't matter if you're 60 years old or 25 years old, fit as a fiddle or battling diabetes, recovering from shoulder or knee surgery, an Iron Man athlete or just starting exercise for the first time ever. We've seen it all.
I can't wait to meet you and hear your story.
head Coach Niki
All throughout my youth I was never overweight but I was never the ‘skinny girl”. I played sports throughout high school but I didn’t really start “fitnessing” until my senior year of high school when I started getting up 3 mornings a week to do step aerobics. I started seeing results and somewhere around this time also came to the realization that the ice cream cookies in our school cafeteria were probably not the best thing for me to be eating. This led to an interest in cooking and starting to eat healthier.
When I moved to Charlotte about 15 years ago I decided to go through NASM to get my Certified Personal Training certification and Corrective Exercise Specialist certification. After doing personal training for a number of years I found Crossfit in 2010 and soon realized the effects it had on myself and others around me. I grew to have a lot of respect for Crossfit coaches and decided to put all my efforts into coaching instead of personal training. After a year of Crossfit I got certified as a coach and have been coaching ever since.
Since I started coaching I’ve spent a lot of time doing competitive training of sorts as well as furthering my education as a coach in the weightlifting community under Jon North & Jess North, Donny Shankle and Spencer Arnold. Somewhere in late 2013 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease which put my coaching aspirations and athletic aspirations on hold. Over the course of the next 5 years my struggle with Crohn’s and fitness were completely at odds. It wasn’t until about the past 2 years that I’ve been able to start working out consistently again and even getting some of my old strength and capabilities back. However, when I was able to get back to the gym after a few years I saw my fitness from a completely different perspective. I no longer care about the competitive aspect of Crossfit or place my identity in being a coach. I was just grateful I could move my body and be HEALTHY again. This has been my mindset for the past 5 years and I’m so grateful I’ve come out the other side of this disease with a perspective that I’m worth more than my athletic abilities. I love being a coach and being able to impart this perspective and knowledge to those that want to be the best version of themselves.
I was a senior in high school when my older brother took me to my first CrossFit class. Playing sports all my life and being competitive with my brothers got me hooked immediately. Many hours in the gym, a few injuries, and eventually taking my CrossFit Level 1 course brings us to now. CrossFit has taught me the importance of nutrition, mental toughness, and being patient. As a coach, I love pushing people mentally and helping them gain new perspective on what they are able to achieve.
Health, wellness, and longevity are my main goals with CrossFit and that's why I believe consistent proper mechanics come before a heavy barbell. Each day I show up, I know there is a chance for growth as an athlete and coach. That's what keeps me coming back. I hope to continue to be a part of the CrossFit community for many years to come and look forward to seeing what comes from it.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, I moved to North Carolina in middle school. Throughout my life I was very athletic playing whatever sport was being offered at the time. In middle school, I was introduced to weightlifting and quickly saw the benefits of lifting and how it improved me as an athlete. I enjoyed weightlifting so much, that in high school when I was wasn’t on the football field I was in the gym trying to get that next heavy lift. Once I graduated high school, I was given the opportunity to play football in college. My football career ended in college due to injury. It was then when I made the decision to serve the community and began a career in law enforcement. Working night shift, not getting much sleep and eating whatever fast food was available lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. I was still lifting weights but was gaining body fat, constantly sick, and not taking care of myself. I went from working out five days a week to three, if I was lucky. After five years of an unhealthy lifestyle, I knew something had to give or I was going to become a statistic. In 2010, I was introduced to CrossFit and it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Things began to change, I was losing weight and feeling well rested. The hour-long classes were perfect for my busy work schedule. I was hooked and on track to living a healthy lifestyle again. In 2018, I earned my CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids certificate so that I could begin helping others live a healthy lifestyle. Here at CFMI, I have the opportunity to coach not only the adults, but also KIDS. The kids’ program is something I am passionate about because it is helping our youth stay active and learning the foundation of how to live a healthy lifestyle.
When I’m not serving the community in a law enforcement capacity or coaching CrossFit at CFMI you can catch me training in a group class or outdoors spending time with my wife Mallory, son Trippton and our two dogs Sasha and Badger.
I was born and raised near Princeton, New Jersey. When I was younger I tried and participated in many sports, however I was not very good at them. At a young age I discovered Martial Arts and that became my passion before I discovered weight lifting in high school. I was always a very scrawny kid and got picked on and that was originally my driving force for lifting weights and gaining muscle. Once I began to workout, I put on about 10 pounds. Once I got to college I was not sure what I wanted to do with my career, but I knew I wanted a job where I was active. I took an Introduction to Exercise Science class and loved the material so much that I decided to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Health and Wellness. While I was in college I competed in the North Carolina Men’s Physique Competition. I have now been in the fitness field for the last 7 years. I have expanded my knowledge base by getting my Precision Nutrition Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications as a Nutrition Coach helping change people’s lives through nutrition and exercise.
If I am not coaching or working out, I enjoy spending time with my Fiancé, Kristen. I am also an avid comic book fan which I enjoy reading, writing, and collecting. I am a huge science fiction and fantasy fan as well and enjoy watching different shows and movies. My favorite TV Show is The Big Bang Theory.
Growing up, I always had an interest in playing sports. I dabbled in competitive dance, track and field, volleyball and soccer. It helped me channel my competitiveness in a healthy way; however, I never really found a sport I was truly passionate about. Fast forward to college, I was in my first semester at UCF and a few friends invited me to workout in their garage. I wasn’t active at the time but knew I wanted to be so I went. We bench pressed (which I’d never done before) and then did a WOD with running and bodyweight movements. This was my first introduction to Crossfit and I LOVED it!
It was very humbling to not be able to do a push up or run 400 meters without stopping, but that’s the beauty of CrossFit- there is always something to get better at! Which was a perfect recipe for a competitive girl who wanted to find a sport she was passionate about.
After not so consistently doing CrossFit in my friend’s garage for 2 years, I decided it was time to find a real gym. At the time, I graduated from UCF with a Bachelors in Psychology and joined a Crossfit-style gym. After a few months of working out there they hired me as a coach. I now have over a year of coaching experience and my Crossfit Level 1. I moved from Orlando to Charlotte in February 2020 and I am so excited to call Crossfit Mountain Island home!